Sega Genesis / Mega Drive

Raspberry Pi Version

SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive with Raspberry Pi

With the console, games (ROMS) from various consoles, e.g. SEGA, Super Nintendo, Playstation and many more are being played.

The heart of the console is the Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer.

The hardware is firmly bolted inside the console, via special molded parts made of PETG plastic. The required connections are accessible via adapter. The inside of the console is absolutely stable and built with secure detachable connections. Controllers and other interfaces can be connected to the console via the 4 USB ports. There is a USB-enabled replacement controller for almost every old game console. Take a look over the top of the controller area.

With the "D-Sub" version you can also connect original controllers from SEGA. But you need a controller adapter to USB from the company Mayflash.

The console can be connected to the existing network via an Ethernet cable (patch cable). The Raspberry Pi 3 is also about the WLAN. The video and audio output is easily via HDMI or the RCA connector Many Sega titles and many other games that have ever been played by Nintendo (NES and SNES), Playstation (not all games) and Co. can be played on this console.

The Sega Genesis / Mega Drive was available in several different versions. I have the models 1601, 1601-18 and 1600-18 at home. In the versions there are again differences in the connection possibilities. With the HDG "High Defenition Graphics" version it is possible to make all connections of the Raspberry Pi accessible. For some other versions you have to decide if you want to output the video and audio output via the HDMI or 3.5mm (RCA) port. Because these consoles do not work anymore, I built several sets on each of these models.


HDMI / D-Sub


RCA / D-Sub


HDG / D-Sub

D-Sub Version

With the D-Sub version original Sega controllers can be connected. This requires a controller adapter to USB from the company Mayflash. This is screwed under the board holder and connected to the Raspberry, as well as the D-Sub extensions.

Build Video

Assembly of the console with all components is shown step by step in this video.

Configuration "Reset" Button

You need this code to install Adafruit's Retrogame on the Raspberry Pi. Retrogame activates the "Reset" button of the Sega.

- cd

- curl -O https://raw.githubusercontent.com/adafruit/Raspberry-Pi-Installer-Scripts/master/retrogame.sh

- sudo bash retrogame.sh

How To Video

Step by step instructions for the configuration of the RESET button.


If you need the component assortment with 3D parts, please ask me.